A new email scam is making waves by using threats of copyright infringement. In the message, a link to view the alleged copyrighted images is attached, but it is actually a backdoor trojan that can be used to install ransomware and other malicious programs. Ransomware encrypts files on the infected computers, making these files inaccessible, and only releases the code to unencrypt the files when the user pays a bitcoin ransom.
According to techlicious.com - A site that offers authoritative yet approachable information on buying and using consumer technology - ransomware attacks are 100 percent preventable. In order to protect yourself from ransomware, they recommend:
- Keeping your system up to date.
- Using a reliable anti-malware program.
- Back up your data.
- Keep your browser and plug-ins up to date.
- Avoid ransomware in the first place.
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